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December 19, 2018
The Isolation Tank is an RTA that Deathwish Modz released in 2018 and let me tell you, this thing is worth the hype and then some. There are two iterations of the Isolation Tank: the TPD compliant UK version (2ml) and the Canada/USA version featuring a larger (4ml) juice capacity. As we carry the North American version, that is the one I’ll examine.
I have a confession to make: I had pretty much written off RTAs. In the early days I was game to try out all of the different tanks being released, just because a tank is pretty convenient and (I hoped) easier to travel on the road with. There were a couple I didn’t mind but for the most part I ran across all of the same problems everyone else does: painfully specific wicking required, leaking, poor airflow, diminished flavour compared to dripping, messiness.
Shane continues to experiment as one of us needs to, for the shop, but I’ve pretty much stuck to dripping and squonking for those times I’m on the road. When he was testing out the Isolation Tank and insisted that I at least try it, I was skeptical. I would say this- if you’re a hardcore dripper you owe it to yourself to at least try the Isolation Tank. This RTA is phenomenal! It vapes like an RDA but with all the convenience of a tank and none of the headaches.
Firstly, this thing is massive compared to what I’m used to measuring 26mm across and 52.3mm from tip to bottom, or 45mm excluding the tip. It’s meant to pair well with any of the Deathwish Modz V2 tubes. It does look a little big on my HexOhm but it sits flush. The juice well holds 4 millilitres. The wicking on this RTA is quite simple. There is ample room for the tails of your wicks and easily accommodates the volume of cotton needed for larger diameter coils. I comb my wicks out and cut them so that they come about two-thirds of the way down the juice wells.
The deck features two very solid posts with wide slots and hex screws and can accommodate the beefier builds that I prefer with ease. The posts are 10mm apart and the internal diameter of the build deck is 19mm millimetres. Loads of space. The airflow features a whopping 32 holes and travels up and under the coils. Seriously- the airflow is insane! Not only ridiculously smooth but full-on whooshy (pretty sure that’s the technical term). The vapour that I’m getting off this RTA is comparable to any of my favourite RDAs, easily.
The barrel features two options: a gorgeous engraved metal tube with a glass window or a full-glass barrel. Both look great but I’m particularly partial to the heavy engraving that Deathwish is known for. It also features a very smooth perforated adjustable airflow ring and a solid top cap with smooth, short threads. It comes outfitted with a high quality, clear drip tip that I quite like but it is interchangeable with any standard 810. I recommend taking a look at the Vape Stash drip tip options, if you’re looking for something original. I have one of the Norman (group D) series on my Death Trap 24mm and it looks stunning. The package includes extra hex screws, a hex tool, plenty of extra o-rings as well as a spare glass window.
I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed with this RTA. Is it on the pricier side? Sure. But compared to buying multiple tanks that all feature their own issues, it’s reasonably priced for the quality in my opinion. I honestly think that a lot of companies take advantage of the fact that a lot of us are working with tight budgets and they crank out crap but at super low prices so we all end up with drawers full of junk and are none the richer, or happier, for it. Deathwish put some serious thought and attention to detail into this RTA and I fully believe it’s worth the price.
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